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To Edward Jenkinson, Esq a very young Gentleman, who writ a Poem on PEACE.

1 FAir Youth! who wish the Wars may cease,
2 We own you better form'd for Peace.
3 Nor Pallas you, nor Mars shou'd follow;
4 Your Gods are Cupid and Apollo;
5 Who give sweet Looks, and early Rhimes,
6 Bespeaking Joys, and Halcyon Times.
7 Your Face, which We, as yet, may praise,
8 Calls for the Myrtle, and the Bays.
9 The Martial Crowns Fatigues demand,
10 And laurell'd Heroes must be tann'd;
11 A Fate, we never can allow
12 Shou'd reach your pleasing, polish'd Brow.
13 But granting what so young you've writ,
14 From Nature flow'd, as well as Wit;
15 And that indeed you Peace pursue,
16 We must begin to Treat with you.
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17 We Females, Sir, it is I mean:
18 Whilst I, like BRISTOL for the QUEEN,
19 For all the Ladies of your Age
20 As Plenipo' betimes engage;
21 And as first Article declare,
22 You shall be Faithful as you're Fair:
23 No Sighs, when you shall know their Use,
24 Shall be discharg'd in Love's Abuse;
25 Nor kindling Words shall undermine,
26 Till you in equal Passion join.
27 Nor Money be alone your Aim,
28 Tho' you an Over-weight may claim,
29 And fairly build on your Desert,
30 If with your Person goes your Heart.
31 But when this Barrier I have gain'd,
32 And trust it will be well maintain'd;
33 Who knows, but some imprudent She
34 Betraying what's secur'd by me,
35 Shall yield thro' Verse, or stronger Charms,
36 To Treat anew on easier Terms?
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37 And I be negligently told
38 You was too Young, and I too Old,
39 To have our distant Maxims hold.


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Title (in Source Edition): To Edward Jenkinson, Esq a very young Gentleman, who writ a Poem on PEACE.
Themes: poetry; literature; writing
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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 174-176. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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